Jeri’s Birthday at Disneyland

Jeri and I celebrated her birthday by going to Disneyland. We started by having lunch at Vegan Pizza (in Garden Grove close to Disneyland). I had their Philly Cheese steak pizza (fake steak, onions, and bell peppers) and Jeri had their Hawaiian Pizza (fake ham, pineapple, and jalapeƱos).

Vegan Pizza - Philly Cheese Steak and Hawaiian. Click photo for full size.
Vegan Pizza – Philly Cheese Steak and Hawaiian. Click photo for full size.

Here we are getting some photos in California Adventure.

Tim and Jeri on Buena Vista Street.
Tim and Jeri on Buena Vista Street.
Tim and Jeri with a Mickey Wreath. Click photo for full size.
Tim and Jeri with a Mickey Wreath. Click photo for full size.

Star Wars is the new “big thing” at Disneyland now. We saw “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” which is a 10-minute 4-D show that starts from the beginning and ends with a peak at the new Star Wars movie that is coming out next week, “The Force Awakens.” We then went to the Star Wars Launch Bay which had a short video commentary about the upcoming movie plus lots of visuals.

Tim at Star Wars Launch Bay. Click photo for full size.
Tim at Star Wars Launch Bay. Click photo for full size.

We did Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We also got some PhotoPass pictures taken.

On the Train. Click photo for full size.
On the Train Click photo for full size.
Tim Asleep at the Controls.
Tim Asleep at the Controls.

Since we had plenty of time until our Star Tours FastPass, we decided to wait the 65 minutes to new Hyperspace Mountain (formerly Space Mountain). The ride was cleverly converted into a Star Wars theme ride. We then did the Star Tours (3-D motion ride) that featured the new “The Force Awakens” movie. By now, we’re getting hungry so we head to California Adventure. We stopped at Starbucks, ordered a few items, plus ate some of the snacks that we brought.

Tim and Jeri on Hyperspace Mountain. Click photo for full size.
Tim and Jeri on Hyperspace Mountain. Click photo for full size.

We saw the 4-D preview for the latest Pixar movie “The Good Dinosaur.” We thoroughly enjoyed it. When we left the theater, a light drizzle had begun. We walked over to Paradise Pier where we waited about 10 minutes to the start of the World of Color show “Winter Dreams.” Even though we were cool and wet, we enjoyed the amazing sights and sounds.

World of Color in the Rain. Click photo for full size.
World of Color in the Rain. Click photo for full size.

Disneyland with Joanna before the Summer Block Out

Everyone in our family has an annual pass to Disneyland. Of course, we bought the lowest price passes which means that we are blocked out quite a few days (like all weekends, holidays, spring break, Christmas break, and summer).

Our summer blockout starts this Friday. So Joanna and I decided that we needed to get our money’s worth and have some fun. So we headed straight to Disneyland after work. Others in the family opted to go later in the week early in the morning.

We did Toy Story Midway Mania three times. The wait times weren’t bad…only about 25 to 30 minutes each time. Although we almost didn’t get in line the last time because the posted wait time was 60 minutes; it was half that. Although we didn’t get great scores (ranging from 170K to 200K), we had fun. We were always the highest in our vehicle…Joanna even accomplished that once!

Selfie in Carsland with Joanna. Click photo for full size.
Selfie in Carsland with Joanna. Click photo for full size.

Joanna at California Adventure. Click photo for full size.
Joanna at California Adventure. Click photo for full size.

We did the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Here’s a picture. Also notice the people in the front on the left. What a great job of looking oblivious to the ride! LOL

In the Back Row on The Hollywood Tower Hotel Ride. Click photo for full size.
In the Back Row on The Hollywood Tower Hotel Ride. Click photo for full size.

We did a favorite of mine, Soarin’ Over California, which had been closed for remodeling.

We ended our day back in Disneyland (as opposed to California Adventure). Our Fast Pass for Star Tours was 8:15 PM to 9:15 PM. Because of the new night-time parade, Disneyland was packed! We ended up getting stuck in foot traffic. Although I must admit that I felt kind of special since I was the rebel spy on the Star Tours mission.